Guest Conductor Application: “Sunset on the Hudson” Concert

    Queer Urban Orchestra is accepting applications for the position of Guest Conductor for our August 19th concert with the Hudson River Park Trust.


    This concert is a part of Hudson River Park Trust's "Sunset on the Hudson" event series and is an opportunity for the orchestra to perform community outreach and raise awareness/interest for our program (both as performers and as audiences).

    The theme of this concert is to promote and represent queer culture, especially for underrepresented groups such as the BPIOC, transgender, and bisexual communities. We envision a program with a collection of short pieces that can engage the general public and allow audiences to drop in and out of the concert while still demonstrating the technical proficiency of the orchestra. Program sources can include a combination of the classical orchestra/symphonic/chamber ensemble repertoire, pieces by composers in the queer community, adaptations of musicals/pop songs, etc.

    Concert Details

    The concert is scheduled for August 19th, 2022 from 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM, with an intermission from 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM, totaling 90 minutes of programming. The location will be outdoor at Hudson River Park's Pier 45 at Christopher St.


    The Guest Conductor will be responsible for working with the orchestra's Board of Directors to create, prepare for, and execute the concert. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Propose and obtain approval from the Board a program for the concert:
      • in alignment with the spirit and objectives of the concert (see Theme section above)
      • that is appropriate with the available instrumentation
      • that is suitable for the venue/condition of the concert
      • that is logistically and fiscally practical for the orchestra
    • Prepare the participating members for the concert:
      • Conduct and oversee two (2) 3-hour rehearsals the week of August 15th, 2022, leading up to the concert.
      • Provide rehearsal schedule and notes before each rehearsal
      • Provide programming notes for the selected program
      • Make available digital copies of scores/parts for participants to access and practice by August 1st, 2022.
    • Assist with the logistics of executing the concert, including:
      • Be available to arrive at least 2 hours before the concert
      • Be available to stay at least 45 minutes after the concert to help with breakdown

    A basic sound system will be provided by Hudson River Park Trust, including two (2) speakers, two (2) monitors, up to eight (8) industry standard microphones, and a sound board.

    Current instrumentation comprises:

    • 6 violin 1
    • 6 violin 2
    • 2 violas
    • 2 cellos
    • 2 basses
    • 2 flute/piccolo
    • 2 oboe
    • 2 clarinet
    • 2 bassoons
    • 2 horns
    • 2 trumpets
    • 2 trombone
    • 1 bass trombone
    • 1 percussion

    We continue to solicit participation in this concert from our membership. As this is an off-season concert, instrumentation may fluctuate and we will keep the selected guest conductor up-to-date. However, we do want to try to encourage participation and involve as many members as reasonable.

    For you to get sense of the orchestra, here's a link to some videos of our past performances: YouTube.


    The deadline for application submission is July 1st, 2022 at 11:00 PM EDT. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

    The Board will select the finalists by July 5th, and make a decision by July 13th. Should you be selected as a finalist, the Board will coordinate with you to schedule a 1-hour online meet-and-greet/interview to learn more about you. Please make yourself available between July 5th and July 8th.


    The selected Guest Conductor is considered an independent contractor to the orchestra, and receives a stipend of $750 for services rendered to support the concert.

    Note that this application is for and only for this concert and does not in any way implicate or suggests future short or long term opportunities with the orchestra.

    Thank you for your consideration and we're excited to have the opportunity to work with you. If you have any questions and/or comments, you can reach out to [email protected]


    Your Name

    Your Email

    Your Phone Number


    Programming Direction and Motive for the concert

    Program Proposal to be Finalized with the Board

    Experiences With Outdoor Programming and Associated Challenges/Considerations

    Resume or CV

    Conducting Sample (Please provide a link to a video of yourself conducting.)

    NOTE: If you submit the form but are not sent to a confirmation page, the form did not submit. Contact [email protected] for assistance. Thank you!

    More Information about the orchestra

    The Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO) is an all-volunteer community-based musical organization dedicated to the promotion of fine arts in the New York City metropolitan area. QUO is made up of a mix of talented amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians. Membership is open to all adult musicians regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. QUO’s enthusiastic and dedicated members share in the joys of making music at a high artistic level and in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. QUO performs dynamic programs that draw from classical, romantic, and 20th-century repertoire, plus bold, new works, some of which are found through our annual Composition Contest which receives applications from all over the world. The orchestra is especially committed to featuring the works of composers from marginalized communities, including LGBTQIA+ composers, women composers, and immigrant composers. QUO’s devoted audience continues to grow each year. QUO produces 5-7 concerts a year, including at least one “QUOtets” chamber concert featuring members of the orchestra in solos and small ensembles, and our end-of-the-year Pride “Gay-La”. Over our 10-year history, QUO has collaborated with the groups such as the Ballez Company, Puppetry Arts Ensemble, Operamission, Empire City Men's Chorus, Stonewall Chorale, and Melodia Women’s Choir NYC; WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon; pianists Aryo Wicaksono, Michael Shepperd, and James Adler; trumpeters Paul Murphy and Joe Burgstaller; violinist Lindsay Deutsch; vocalists including Molly Pope and Anthony Roth Costanzo; and our own members via an annual Concerto Competition. Through exceptional music making and community involvement, QUO strives to promote equality, understanding, acceptance, and respect.